Capital Cellars, Frankfort’s Bourbon, Wine, and Beer Café and Market will host Al Young, Senior Brand Manager of Four Roses Distillery, for a special bottle signing and drawing for one bottle of Four Roses 50th Anniversary Bourbon on October 13, 2017 at 6:00PM.

Four Roses Senior Brand Manager Al Young

Al Young is a notable figure in the Bourbon industry, having worked for Four Roses since 1967 and wearing several hats, like distillery manager, historian, and most recently Senior Brand Manager. Young has travelled the world raising awareness of the Four Roses Brand.

Four Roses, in celebration of Young’s fifty years of service and his work raising Four Roses’ brand to  a national name brand, the distillery has created and released a special 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon in his honor.

“We’re proud to host Al Young at Capital Cellars, for a special event before Bourbonanza. At 6:00PM, October 13, 2017 one lucky winner will have the opportunity to purchase a bottle of the 50th Anniversary bourbon and have it signed by Al Young” said Peake.

All Capital Cellars customers will be able to buy other Four Roses bourbons in stock and Al Young has agreed to sign any bottles customers may want to, but Al Young must be prompt in getting to the Kentucky History Center for Bourbonanza at 7:00PM.

Capital Cellars has enjoyed many notable bourbon figures, like master distillers Elmer T. Lee (Buffalo Trace), Harlan Wheatley (Buffalo Trace), Brent Elliot (Four Roses), Chris Morris (Woodford Reserve), and bourbon personalities like Michael Veach and Chuck Cowdery. Owner Rachael Peake has cultivated relationships with many master distillers, executives, and personalities through the years of business.

For more information, you may email capitalcellars@capitalcellars.com, or call the store at (502) 352-2600

High Proof Bourbons for Whiskey Wednesday

by Jonathan Gaby on October 11, 2017

Capital Cellars and downtown Frankfort are excited once again for this years celebration of Bourbonanza! It’s a weekend of spirits, socializing, and making the most out of the weekend on October the 13-14.

Whiskey Wednesday - Capital Cellars - Old Forester 1920 Prohibition bottle 115 proof, Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof 116.8, Maker's Mark Cask Strength 111.6 and Bakers 7yr 107 proof

We are kicking off the weekend early with our Whiskey Wednesday, featuring high proof bourbons! Come see us from 5-8PM for bourbon flights for $20!

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition 115 proof
“Old Forester 1920 Prohibition has a nose of intense medley of cherry preserves, drippy caramel, dark chocolate, thickened maple syrup and seasoned oak spiciness. You’ll taste a dark caramel coats layers of malt nuttiness and sweet graham cracker all warmed by green peppercorn and coriander spice brightened with a hint of cedar. It will finish with a tart apple crispness giving way to a long smoky finish full of toasted marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker sweetness.” – Old Forester Bourbon

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof 116.8 proof
“The true, bold spirit of Wild Turkey has been captured in this authentic barrel proof whiskey, creating one of the finest bourbons in the world. Uncut with water, Rare Breed is an uncompromised Kentucky bourbon with tones of sweet tobacco and hints of orange and mint, making it a remarkably smooth whiskey legend.” – Wild Turkey Distillery

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength 111.6 proof
“From the barrel to the bottle at 108 to 114 proof, Maker’s Mark® Cask Strength retains the signature front-of-the-palate flavors of Maker’s Mark® – while amping up the oak, caramel, vanilla and spice to create a remarkable new bourbon.” – Makers Mark Bourbon

Bakers 7yr 107 proof
“Burnt brown sugar, toasted marcona almonds, and hints of crème fraîche surface on the alluring nose here. The palate is firm but not overwhelming, with a potpourri of dried stone fruits, spices and a hint of molasses. The above-average finish shows a bit of heat and lots of spice. Baker’s® Bourbon is tasty served neat, but works even better on the rocks.” – Baker’s Bourbon

“Sip into Fall” Wine Tasting – Part 2

by Jonathan Gaby on October 6, 2017

As we continue our “sip into fall” wine tasting week we know that you’re ready for the weekend. There are projects to complete, get togethers to join, and a spirit to refresh. We’d like to be part of your plan this weekend!

Wine Tasting - Capital Cellars - Kings Ridge 2015 Pinot Gris Natura 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Chronic Cellars 2015 Petite Syrah Carnivor 2014 Zinfandel

These wines for Friday, October 6th, 2017 are great for the fall season and will make a great compliment to your weekend activities.

Kings Ridge 2015 Pinot Gris
” 
Lightly tawny in color, with a fresh and enlivening mouthfeel, this is a good pinot gris for salmon, halibut or even swordfish. Pear flesh and skin, white peach and a hint of spice are all in play. – Wine Enthusiast 90 points best buy” – Union Wine Company

Natura 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Transparent yellow. with a delightfully complex nose of lime and grapefruit blended with herbs such as boxwood.  Citrus and herb notes reappear on the palate. A fresh, bright and pleasing wine with nicely balanced acidity and good persistence.” – Natura Wines

Chronic Cellars 2015 Petite Syrah
“You know what you’re getting with this sassy lady: lots of Petite Sirah with all its sweet cherry, blackberry, blueberry loveliness. But it’s the lingering tannins and traces of fresh cracked pepper and cigar spice that’ll have you thinking about her long after she’s gone.” – Chronic Cellars

Carnivor 2014 Zinfandel
“Big and bold in style, Carnivor Cabernet offers intense, dark fruit aromas and deep, inky color. A plush, velvety mouthfeel frames rich flavors of dark berries, coffee, mocha and toasted oak, all backed by a distinctive smoothness and a lingering, silky finish.” – Carnivore Wines

Now we have a question for you. What do you like most about the wine you drink? What is your favorite varietal? Let us know in the comments below!

 

“Sip into Fall” Wine Tasting – Part 1

by Jonathan Gaby on October 5, 2017

As the leaves are changing and falling from the trees, we know that you’re enjoying the change of seasons. You love going to tailgate parties, connecting with your friends and family over special events and gatherings.

 

Wine Tasting - Capital Cellars - Casal Garcia 2016 Vinho Verde Protea 2015 Chenin Blanc Robert Mondavi 2014 Pinot Noir Robert Mondavi 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

We love the fall season too. It’s the calm before the storm as we are getting going to November and December. Our biggest months. This week, we want to “sip” into the fall season, so join us from 4-7pm to taste wines that will go well with your special event, gathering, or get together with friends and family.

Casal Garcia 2016 Vinho Verde
“It has a citrus color, a clear and slightly effervescent. It is a soft and fresh wine with aroma delicate, fruity, young and balanced.” – Casal Garcia

Protea 2015 Chenin Blanc
“The Protea Chenin Blanc is pale lemon in appearance. It shows aromas of fresh citrus fruit and honeysuckle. On the palate, you’ll find crisp citrus flavor with tangy lemon vibrancy that is matched by more of the nectarine and stone fruit fleshiness in the mouth. Lively with lovely light body and a gentle persistence.” – Protea Wines

Robert Mondavi 2014 Pinot Noir
“Unlike other reds, Pinot Noir grapes prefer the cool northern Coastal California over the warm southern region. Fussy grape, unfussy wine. The color is of a light ruby red with a nose of strawberry, roses, vanilla and you’ll taste notes of cherry and raspberry. This wine will pair well with pot stickers, lamb burgers” – Robert Mondavi Private Selection

Robert Mondavi 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
“It’s about 2,500 miles from Kentucky Bourbon country to our Coastal California vineyards. But one sip will tell you, it’s one long-distance relationship that was always meant to be. You’ll see a color of deep cherry red and smell toasty vanilla, brown sugar. Taste black cherry, blackberry. Serve with Bourbon glazed grilled ribs, charcuterie board” – Robert Mondavi Private Selection

Whiskey Wednesday – Bourbons from Bardstown

by Jonathan Gaby on October 4, 2017

Bourbon aficionados are well aware that every year Bardstown Kentucky holds a week long celebration of Bourbon in their city, bringing all kinds of food, musical acts, cigars, jazz, and off course bourbon for tasting, dinner, and other events.

Whiskey Wednesday Bourbons - Willet Pot Still Bib & Tucker Elijah Craig Small Batch 1792 Single Barrel

Now that the Bourbon Festival is over, we thought we’d feature some of the bourbons that were there for our patrons to enjoy. From 5-8 come enjoy .5 ounce pours for $20! For you wine people, we’ll waive the restaurant fee on bottles of wine enjoyed in our store and buy one get one half off glasses of wine!

Willet Pot Still
“Nose is “vanilla lemon cake.” The palate is a balance of caramel, vanilla, spices and citrus. I’m not sure if they made the opulent bottle to match the Whiskey or vice versa.” – Willet Bourbon

Bib & Tucker
“Aroma of vanilla, freshly mowed grass and leather-bound books. Notes of sweet fruit, vanilla beans, caramel, dried apricots dominate the palate, and are complemented by a subtle touch of ginger spice. Finish is complex and lingers, with hints of chestnuts and roasted corn.” – Caskers

Elijah Craig Small Batch
“Long before the term Small Batch even existed, our Master Distillers were hand-selecting just the right number of barrels to make Elijah Craig. This expertise and attention to detail give Elijah Craig Small Batch the right balance of rich flavor and full body. Each small batch carries a signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavor. A combination that belongs in any Bourbon fan’s regular rotation.” – Elijah Craig Bourbon

1792 Single Barrel
“In order to create this unique bourbon, the finest barrels are selected and tasted from the best aging warehouses.  Only those barrels deemed “exceptional” are then bottled individually, one by one. This preserves the distinct character of each barrel.” – 1792 Bourbon

Friday Wine Tasting Feature

by Jonathan Gaby on September 29, 2017

We hope that you’re excited about the upcoming weekend! We sure are! It’s when you relax after a hard weeks of work and children’s activities like sports, dance, and cheerleading. Now, it’s time for you to have your fun!

We will have our wine tasting this evening. Starting here is the best way to get your weekend started. Come out and sample some fine wine, including:

  • Rayun 2016 Chardonnay, Chile
  • Layer Cake 2015 Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA
  • Secret Vines 2015 Malbec, France
  • Crios 2015 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

We’ll start at 4pm and end at 7:30.

Continuing on into the evening, Downtown Frankfort will be alive tonight as we welcome another installment of the Frankfort Market, presented by the Frankfort Odd Fellows society. Artists, food trucks, vendors, and anyone who wants to see people and be seen will be downtown checking out what is there to see.

And if that’s not enough, our own Mayor, Bill May, will be joining the band, The Louisville Crashers as they play on the grounds of the Old Capitol Lawn.

With all that’s going on tonight, you’ll sure to find something to get your weekend off to a great start. Won’t you join us?

A Farewell Wine Tasting and Special

by Jonathan Gaby on September 28, 2017

This post is bittersweet. it’s bittersweet because we are sad to announce that our store manager, Annie LaForge, will be leaving the wine racks, bar, and tasting table for another position in town. Our customers, and certainly our staff and owner have come to rely on Annie’s leadership and creativity to keep our shop running in tip-top shape day in and day out.

Some of you may not know that Annie came to us by way of New Jersey and she’s helped keep us all organized, trained, and equipped to serve you, our Capital Cellars family.  She’s made lots of great changes to the store, and hopefully those changes have been seen and felt as you walk amongst the wine, relax in our eating areas, and bellied up to the bar.

Certainly she will be missed. Everyone has loved working with her over the couple years that she has provided steady leadership and expertise.

So, with Annie leaving us, we pay tribute to her in the only way we know how.

Sell wine!

Tonight through Saturday (so 9/28-9/30) we are offering substantial discounts to our bottles of wine. From Thursday to Saturday:

  • 10% off 6 bottles or more of any wine in the store
  • 20% off 12 bottles or more of any wine in the store

This is a perfect time to stock up on your favorite vintages and varietals, or expand your wine cellar selection in your home!

Oh, and tomorrow we’re still going to have a wine tasting, where we will sample:

  • Ryan Patrick 2016 Riesling, Washington
  • Shine 2015 Riesling, Germany
  • 14 Hands 2014 Merlot, Washington
  • Santa Ema Reserva 2013 Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile

We invite you to come wish Annie a fond farewell, and stock up on wines at the same time. While our sale will go on from open on Thursday to close on Saturday, our wine tasting will be from 4-7pm. We hope to see you here!

Whiskey Wednesday – Oldies, Goodies, and Rare!

by Jonathan Gaby on September 27, 2017

As we wrap up Bourbon History Heritage month, we want to celebrate and pay homage to three of our favorite bourbons on Whiskey Wednesday.

Whiskey Wednesday - Bourbons - Mash Bill 2 - Elmer T Lee. Rock Hill Farms Blanton's

The whiskeys/bourbons we have selected mean a lot to us and we hope that they mean something to you as well. You’ll have to come in and share your stories associated with these bourbons this evening. Join us for 1/2 ounce pours from 5-8pm tonight (September 27th).

Elmer T Lee.
For us at Capital Cellars, we are always fortunate to have had a great and close relationship with Elmer T. Lee. Mr. Lee would often come to our store for lunch and would always have a gold paint pen on hand to sign bottles of his signature single barrel bourbon.
One of my (Jonathan Gaby’s) prized possessions is a signed bottle of Elmer T. Lee.
“The nose brings notes of clove, vanilla, and old leather. The flavor balances fruit, honey and vanilla with a light spiciness. A long and warm finish.” – Buffalo Trace Distillery
Rock Hill Farms
“Seductive aromatic notes of toasted walnut, dried red fruits, spice, cocoa and marshmallow. Flavors of dark chocolate, chocolate covered almond, coffee, tobacco and dark caramel. The finish is smooth, silky, toffee sweet and honeyed.” – Sazerac
Blanton’s
A great favorite of ours is Blanton’s single barrel. Who can forget the iconic horse figurine atop the cork and the unique bottle? The horses are in different poses and if you collect them all, the horse looks like it’s in a race! But let’s forget the bottle and cork, let’s talk about the bourbon!
“A deep, satisfying nose of nutmeg and spices. Powerful dry vanilla notes in harmony with hints of honey amid strong caramel and corn. A medium finish composed of returning corn and nutmeg flavors.” – Buffalo Trace Distillery

Capital Cellars Welcomes Great Flood Brewing Co.!

by Jonathan Gaby on September 22, 2017

Tonight, Capital Cellars customers will not be having our usual Friday evening Wine tasting. Instead of wine, we welcome a brewery to hold a beer tasting!

Great Flood Brewing, Co. is a new brewery located in the Highlands of Louisville. Vince Cain, Zack Barnes, and Matt Fuller are college buddies who got started making beer in their homes and began asking if they could turn their entrepreneurial spirit and passion and love for beer into a business. Great Flood Brewing was born!

We will have a variety of beers to taste and we would love to have you come to try some new beer! We’ll have it from 4pm to 7pm on Friday September 22!

Taste the Best Wines of the Summer Tonight

by Jonathan Gaby on September 21, 2017

With summer on it’s way out and the fall in full swing, we thought it would be a great idea to welcome the fall with the best of summer! Our lovely and talented store manager, Annie LaForge, has gone to our sales data to pull the best selling wine of the summer for a wine tasting tonight!

Wine Tasting - Mulderbosch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, South Africa Tiamo 2015 Pinot Grigio, Italy *Organic* Red Guitar 2015 Tempranillo, Spain Illusion 2014 Red Blend, CA

Any of these wines your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Mulderbosch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, South Africa
“A bold pink color, this Cab-based rosé starts off with juicy aromas of red cherry, plum and muddled strawberry. It’s fruit forward in every sense, with similarly intense red-fruit flavors that abound on the fleshy palate. Ample acidity keeps it all fresh, while pleasant hints of plum skin and currant unfold on the finish. Drink now.” – Mulderbosch Wines
Tiamo 2015 Pinot Grigio, Italy *Organic*
“Tiamo Pinot Grigio has fresh rich aromas of apples and pears with hints of citrus that fade into a floral bouquet and on the palate it is bright and fresh with wonderful fruit flavors.” – Master Wines
Red Guitar 2015 Tempranillo, Spain
“Red Guitar sources traditional grape varieties that are authentic to the region: Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo. Blended together each vintage in equal portions, our winemakers craft a fruity and concentrated wine made in a vibrant “New World” style. Sourced from vineyards, some of which are 80 years old, the gnarled vines deliver complexity and structure.” – Red Guitar Wines
Illusion 2014 Red Blend, CA
“The wine exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue with a perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of opulent chocolate and cocoa, with black currants and plums. The palate explodes with rich mouthfilling blackberries, black currants, plums and dark fruit. The long, seductive finish is filled with hints of black licorice and has firm, round, yet supple mouthfilling tannins.” – Peirano Estate Vineyards